On this Martin Luther King Day, a prominent minority in state government speaks out against a supremacist group. The U.S. Supreme Court judgment to allow the Ku Klux Klan to adopt a stretch of highway in eastern Missouri through the Transportation Department’s clean-up program has drawn criticism by the State Highway Commission – none sharper than that from The Reverand Wallace Hartsfield, the Commission’s only Black member. He says the decision by the Court is regrettable. Hartsfield admits his real disappointment is how so many people are willing to stay silent on the issue. But Hartsfield says he has not been disappointed by the reaction by the State Transportation Department on the issue. He commends officials for taking the case as far as they could, despite the setback at the U.S. Supreme Court.
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